YOGA in NURSERY and PRE-K

Written by Elena Pons. Posted in ES PE

Nursery and Pre-K have started benefiting from Yoga every morning since November.

Here is and interesting article that explains the benefits of Yoga for young children.

7 Ways Kids Benefit From Yoga

by Karen FabianOctober 29, 2014

It’s hard to be a kid today. 

Children deal with many distractions, temptations, over stimulation and peer pressure. Schools are challenged to do more with less and be creative in how they reach even the most isolated child.

Yoga is a low-cost, helpful tool that can have a positive impact on children.

Here are some of the many benefits of teaching yoga to kids:

Yoga helps kids to:

  • Develop body awareness
  • Learn how to use their bodies in a healthy way
  • Manage stress through breathing, awareness, meditation and healthy movement
  • Build concentration
  • Increase their confidence and positive self-image
  • Feel part of a healthy, non-competitive group
  • Have an alternative to tuning out through constant attachment to electronic devices

In a school setting, yoga can also benefit teachers by:

  • Giving them an alternate way to handle challenges in the classroom
  • Giving them a healthy activity to integrate with lesson plans
  • Give them a way to blend exercise into their classes

Here’s what your kids can expect to learn in yoga class: 

1. Awareness of the breath

Breathing exercises can energize kids or encourage relaxation, depending on what you teach. Different games and techniques help kids connect to how their bodies feel as a result of deep breathing. Focus increases, as does their breathing and lung capacity. Stress is naturally reduced and healthy hormones are released.

2. Strengthening and energizing

Kids think that yoga is great for stretching, but doesn’t build strength. It’s important for a teacher to include conversations, as well as exercises around how helpful yoga is for building strength. Talking about the different muscles used in poses and incorporating games and sequences will help build strength as well as body awareness and coordination. Bodies that are strong digest food better, maintain a healthy weight and can support the stress of carrying heavy loads, like a backpack. Bodies will also breathe better, work more efficiently and protect the more fragile joints. 

3. Balancing

Balancing poses teach children that with increased focus, you can increase attention naturally, even in kids who struggle with different attention challenges. Poses and games focused on balancing skills, develop an intrinsic strength, evoke a meditative feeling, and promote stillness and quieting of the mind. This can help kids deal with the stress of living in a chaotic world where constant stimulation is a regular part of life.

4. Stretching and lengthening

It’s great for kids to be strong, but a body that’s only based on strength has no way to yield under pressure. Strong muscles without accompanying flexibility can’t move quickly, pulling on bones and joints. Yoga poses stretch muscles and through integrating breathing and movement, muscles become warm and become more flexible. They can yield when they need to, and support tender joints in a more functional way.

5. Awareness and focus

Yoga helps create awareness in the body through deep breathing and movement. It gives kids a way to express themselves, build a strong connection between what they hear and what they do. Children that have healthy body awareness are more confident and strong, have better posture, breathe better and have a sense of quiet strength.

6. Flowing, connecting and integrating

When we string poses together, we give kids a taste of what it means to move with ease. It also helps them build the awareness that all our movements are a series of coordinated efforts between muscles, bones, joints and nerves. Older kids are more able to isolate different muscle groups and get more sophisticated about movements; things like keeping the arms lifted in Warrior 1, while at the same time, dropping the shoulders to relax them. All these things together increase a child’s sense feeling integrated.

7. Meditation and relaxation

Yoga is meditative by nature. So whether a child is holding a balancing posture, sitting in meditation or moving through a series of poses, there’s going to be a calming, soothing quality. Giving younger kids something to do as they rest on their mats will help with their attention, such as suggesting they think of a favorite color or toy. Older kids will find it easier to rest longer with less structure.

There are lots of tools you can use to teach yoga to children. The young ones like games, doing poses from yoga books for children and singing songs with big, expressive movements. Older children love to create their own poses, be challenged by balancing and learn about the muscles and other aspects of anatomy.

Excerpted from Stretched: Build Your Yoga Business, Grow Your Teaching Techniques, Bare Bones Yoga.

Ultimate

Written by Elena Pons. Posted in ES PE

The Ultimate Frisbees Pick 10 Ultimate Disc Bundle

Ultimate it i s a GREAT sport that is not very well known yet.

Ultimate, originally known as ultimate Frisbee, is a non-contact team sport originally played by players with a flying disc (Frisbee). The term Frisbee, often used to generically describe all flying discs, is a registered trademark of the Wham-O toy company, and thus the sport is not referred to as Ultimate Frisbee. Points are scored by passing the disc to a teammate in the opposing end zone. Other basic rules are that players must not take steps while holding the disc, and interceptions, incomplete passes, and passes out of bounds are turnovers. There is no referee which allows players to solve any conflict themselves. Ultimate is fantastic to build sportsmanship skills.

Mr. Raphael Vanderheyden, the PE teacher at Kensington School has played this sport for years and came to our school on Oct. 10th to show 4th grade the basics of Ultimate.

 

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Jump Rope Unit

Written by Elena Pons. Posted in ES PE

Dear all,

 

In Elementary School we have been practicing Jump Rope. It is  a great workout that improves cardiovascular health  and has many other benefits.

It gives us quickness, coordination, and agility, it burns calories, it increases bone density, and it’s good for your brain.

Some of the skills and tricks we have been working on are below.

 

Side Swing

  1. Twirl rope to one side
  2. Repeat on the opposite side
  3. Twirl rope alternatively from side to side

Hint: Keep hands together, keep feet together

Crossover (Cross Arms)

  1. Cross arms and jump
  2. Open rope, basic bounce

Hint: Cross right arm over left, cross left arm over right

Full Turn (One Complete Circle With Rope In Front)

  1. Turn body left, with right turn of rope
  2. Side swing right, body turns right
  3. Full turn body makes full turn to right
  4. Jump rope forward

Hint: Follow rope, rope and body may turn left

Forward 180

  1. Side swing left, half turn of body right
  2. Jump over backward turning rope

Hint: Follow rope, rope and body may turn to left


Backward 180 (Turn Keeping Rope In Front Of Face)

  1. Jump backward, turning rope
  2. Half turn of body left, facing rope
  3. Jump rope forward

Hint: Follow rope, rope and body may turn left

Double Under

  1. Whip rope to increase speed
  2. Rope passes under feet twice during one jump

Hint: Jump higher than normal at first

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Double Dutch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome!

Written by Elena Pons. Posted in ES PE

 

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Dear Parents

Welcome to 2016-2017 Academic Year! 

It is my pleasure to teach your child Physical Education this year.  I thought it would be beneficial to let you know some information about me and my policies in this class.

This is my 10th year at The Benjamin Franklin International School. I teach PE in Early Childhood and I also teach PE in Elementary along with Mr. John. I am originally from Barcelona where I got my Graduate Degree in Physical Education (I.N.E.F.) from the University of Barcelona. I studied and worked in the United States for three and a half years, where I got my Master’s Degree in Business. I enjoy all kind of sports; some of my favorites are tennis, which I practice regularly, surfing, skiing, rhythmic gymnastics, rollerblading and swimming. I also love salsa dancing.

Our goal in physical education is for everyone to learn to make healthy choices and feel successful when participating in a variety of activities.  This enables students to develop a positive attitude toward physical activity and to develop healthy habits, which will hopefully continue throughout their lives.Students will be encouraged to have fun and enjoy PE.  They will also be encouraged to participate to the best of their ability in a wide variety of activities.  At the elementary level, certain skills are taught so that students will be able to pursue competitive sports as well as lifetime sports. 

 

 I look forward to a wonderful year with all of you!

Please take note on the following  for this academic year:

– Proper shoes (trainers/running shoes) are required for all lessons.

– Proper sports clothes are required for all lessons.

– Water bottles,sun block , and hats are highly recommended since most lessons are outdoors.

 

Please, let me know via e-mail or with a note if your child is injured, sick, or has any kind of disability that prevents him from doing P.E. so that we can make the necessary adjustments. Your help and cooperation is vital to the success of our physical education program. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to get in touch with me at school by  e-mail at  elenap@bfischool.org

I anticipate a great school year in Physical Education with your child!

Sincerely,

Elena Pons –  Physical Education Specialist

 

 

 

 

BISA – HANDBALL Tournament

Written by Elena Pons. Posted in ES PE

Last May 5th, BFIS hosted a BISA Handball Tournament  where the Swiss School of Barcelona (ESB) and the Kensington School were invited. We all enjoyed 2 hours of Handball matches with more than 50 players who got very engaged and displayed  great enthusiasm and sportsmanship.

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FIELD DAY 2016

Written by Elena Pons. Posted in ES PE

What a fantastic day Elementary enjoyed last Friday at Can Caralleu. The weather was great, the facilities awesome and our students were all ready to participate and have lots of fun. They painted their faces and came to enjoy and compete in teams. One of the highlights of this year was without any doubt the Bouncy Castle, and the Jumping Balls, that thanks to the PTA we could bring and have our children enjoy. The Physical Education Department would like to thank teachers, secretaries, Antonio, and specially parents and PTA for their support and contribution to make Field Day one of the days that students enjoy the most and for sure will remember in the future.

A big THANK YOU to everyone !!!

 

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